Reports are coming out of Iraq that a U.S. drone strike has killed the Iranian Qassem Suleimani. If you want to know why that's a BFD, read Dexter Filkin's incredible 2013 profile of him.
In case you want to know who the US just killed: The Shadow Commander
10 Lots more to say abt region, US policy, Saudi Arabia reax, Iran domestic reax, local dynamics... more later, but for now then read Dexter Filkins' piece from 2013 on Suleimaini, the best profile out there
Here’s the definitive piece on General Qassem Suleimani —now confirmed dead after a US attack — by Dexter Filkins of the
For background on General Suleimani and how hugely pivotal a figure he is, here's Dexter Filkins' great piece from six years ago
If you're looking for things to read on Qassem Soleimani and his overall importance, here are three that immediately come to mind (from shortest to longest): (1) The Shadow Commander, by the inimitable Dexter Filkins for
Dexter Filkins wrote the definitive profile of Qassem Suleimani.
From the New Yorker’s incredible 2013 profile of Suleimani: How simply labeling Iran part of the “Axis of Evil” destroyed the fragile truce between Iran + US versus the Taliban, with history-shaking ramifications.
Iraqi state television has reported that the Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani was killed in an air strike in Baghdad. In 2013, a former C.I.A. officer called Suleimani the "most powerful operative in the Middle East.”
Rereading this now
For anyone hearing about Qasem Soleimani for the first time, or looking to learn more about his importance in light of the news, you must read this definitive piece: 'Shadow Commander' by Dexter Filkins for the New Yorker.
Whoah. Qassem Suleimani, who has apparently just been killed by an airstrike, was a very big deal.
If you’re playing catch up, Dexter Filkins' 2013 profile of Soleimani is a good place to start
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
“Suleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today,” John Maguire, a former C.I.A. officer in Iraq, told the New Yorker in 2013, “and no one’s ever heard of him.”
Remarkably deep reporting in this 2013 profile of Qassem Suleimani. Highly recommended to anyone else who is 6 years late to the party.
“He’s the most powerful man in Iraq, without question.” ⁦⁩ (2013)
Who did the US just assassinate, essentially opening war with Iran? From Dexter Filkins in 2013: "Suleimani has orchestrated attacks in places as far flung as Thailand, New Delhi, Lagos & Nairobi—at least 30 attempts in the past 2 years alone."
There’s only one story in the news this morning and if you didn’t read this masterful profile of Qassem Suleimani — now confirmed dead after a US attack — by Dexter Filkins when it was published in 2013, read it now
“The Shadow Commander” - Dexter Filkins’ 2013 profile of Qassem Suleimani, “the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East.” via
You’ve probably seen this 2013 profile tweeted a lot recently. I certainly have. But it’s a really good piece.
If you're looking for background on Qassem Soleimani, read this.
This old New Yorker article from 2013 gives an excellent insight into the disruptive power Qassem Suleimani exercised in the shadows across the Middle East. His death will have highly unpredictable consequences.
Amazingly detailed profile Maliki financed him with $20m a day
A long 2013 New Yorker piece on Qassem Suleimani that I found educational
Filkins' Suleimani profile is one of the most impressive pieces of reporting I remember in the last years
For those who want to learn more about Qassem Suleimani, this is an excellent profile by Dexter Filkins in 2013
Indispensable profile of Suleimani from 2013. Read today.
"Among spies in the West, he appears to exist in a special category, an enemy both hated and admired: a Middle Eastern equivalent of Karla" The New Yorker on Qassem Suleimani before his assasination
From 2013 Dexter Filkins profile of Qassem Suleimani: “He is all over the place. Go get him.”
It's hard to tell if, with the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran's top generals, the world became more or less safe. If you had no idea who he was until now, read this profile of him from 2013: The Shadow Commander
This is a great piece about Soleimani.